The Schulich School of Engineering Strategic Plan acknowledges the importance of fostering teaching and learning excellence to best nurture student and faculty success. The school already recognizes outstanding teaching at the annual holiday awards ceremony with the departmental Teaching Excellence Awards. In Fall 2018, two award categories were added to complement these existing awards. The Teaching Innovation Awards (up to 2) acknowledge teaching excellence and innovations in diverse learning contexts.
The Teaching Innovation Awards will be awarded annually. The awards recognize the teaching excellence of an individual (1 award annually) who may be a full-time academic staff member on continuing, contingent, limited-term or sessional appointment at the Schulich School of Engineering, and a team (1 award annually) with a minimum of two people, including full-time faculty members, sessional instructors, technical/support staff, teaching assistants, or students within the Schulich School of Engineering. No individual may receive the same award within a three-year period (excluding awards they may receive as part of a group). Not all awards need to be conferred each year, depending on whether qualifying nominations are received.
Nominees should exemplify characteristics of excellence that cross teaching and learning contexts. Each award will be assessed based on the evidence provided in the nomination package that relates to the nominees demonstrated ability to meet one or more of the following:
- Design and implement effective teaching innovations that set challenging and clear expectations (teaching innovations include but are not limited to experiential learning opportunities, online learning initiatives, course re-development, curriculum development)
- Actively engage students in learning experiences
- Demonstrate effort to work from evidence-based rationale, best practices and literature
All nominees should strive to engage in constructive reflection on the effectiveness of their innovative teaching approaches for the purpose of better understanding and improving student learning, including having a plan to implement specific strategies and actions for a continuous improvement program.
Nomination deadline is Nov. 29, 2021.
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